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I installed Linux Mandrake 8.1. Everything went smooth. However I know this is probably a simple process just my lack of knowledge of linux I am unable to accomplish it. I put in my cdrom and tried to access the data on the cdroms. Nothing -=(. I went into the dev/ directory and I tried to open cdrom1 and cdrom2 (I have two cdroms) and konquerer popped up asking me what I would like to open cdrom1 with.
So out of curiousity to see if it could even read my cdroms I put in an audio cd and used the kde menu and went under multimedia and found a cdplayer program. I clicked on play and it was playing the audio that was on the cd.
What am I doing wrong? Can you view cd's like the way you could in windows?
or, at the kde desktop, right click on a cd icon, and select "Mount"
the "mount" command tells the vfs that there is now a file system available at the cd mount points (/dev/cdrom1 &|| /dev/cdrom2)
without the mounting, the vfs (virtual file system) doesn't know that there's anything there. the reason that the cdplayer works is that it assumes that there's an audio-cd there, and goes ahead on that, but it never truly mounts the drive.
pretty suer there's a 'mount' command on the right click menu for the device on the desktop.
the /dev/ entry is the data about the device, not the contents of the device.
from the command line rnu
and that should mount the drive at that location, asuming it already exists, and is right... look at the /etc/fstab file for the exact location of the mountpoints, just don't edit enythign till you understand it better.
once you've finished with it, unmount the drive:
make sure you're not in the cd's directory when trying to do this
Thanks. All the nfo is appreciated. Tomorrow when I get the chance to play with linux again I will try mounting the cdroms and also check to see if my bios is detecting the hardware. I did let mandrake detect all the hardware during install.
you guys rock! I got the cdrom drives mounted! I wish though their could be some type of icon on the desktop for kde for the cdrom drives. I had to go to the control center and then go to block devices and right click and mount the drives. but im not complaining. linux rocks. i was able to install some rpm packages i downloaded. next step - figure out how to successfully compile tar.gz files once uncompressed.